Derived from the name of the Greek messenger god Hermes. In Greek myth Hermione was the daughter of Menelaus and Helen. This is also the name of the wife of Leontes in Shakespeare 's play 'The Winter's Tale' (1610). It is now closely associated with the character Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series of books, first released in 1997. Hermione originates in Greek language and means "good messenger". In Greek mythology, she was the daughter of Helen of Troy and Menelaus and later on the wife of Orestes. It was also the name of an early Christian martyr, Hermione of Ephesus. Recently, the name was popularized by Hermione Granger, one of the main characters in the Harry Potter novels.